Reno man faces 6 years in prison for beating girlfriend

Clarence Cunningham
Clarence Cunningham(Washoe County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 11:05 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A jury convicted a Reno man last Friday of Felony Battery Constituting Domestic Violence by a Parolee.

Clarence Cunningham, 54, was convicted following a four day trial.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office arrested Cunningham after receiving a call from a 29-year-old who said his grandmother was being beaten by her boyfriend and was injured. Deputies arrived and found a woman with obvious injuries to her right hand. Further investigation determined that Cunningham had battered the victim and thrown her out of their home.

Cunningham, who was on parole at the time for attempted burglary, was arrested for domestic battery and for failing to register as an ex-felon. He ultimately pled not-guilty and the case proceeded to trial.

During trial, Deputy District Attorney Brett Dieffenbach presented evidence of a battery committed by Cunningham against his long-term girlfriend during an extended and intense argument captured on a 911 call made by the eyewitness.

Cunningham is expected to be sentenced July 27, 2021. He faces up to six years in prison.

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